We developed a flexible active-matrix (AM) organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display driven by an organic thin-film transistor (TFT) (OTFT) using an air-stable organic semiconductor (OSC) of dinaphtho[2, 3-b:2′, 3′-f]thieno[ 3, 2-b]-thiophene (DNTT) for the first time. We employed a low-temperature cross-linkable olefin-type polymer as the gate insulator (GI) and investigated the properties of the interface between DNTT and polymer GI. The top-contact TFT demonstrated a high mobility of up to 0.8 cm2/V.s and a near-zero turn-on voltage. DNTT has a deeper highest occupied molecular orbital level than other OSC materials, and this leads to large contact resistance between the source/drain (S/D) contact and OSC. Surface modifications to the S/D contact were investigated to enable efficient carrier injection to fabricate high-performance bottom-contact TFTs. The short-channel TFT we fabricated exhibited a high hole mobility of 0.5 cm2/V.s, a low subthreshold slope of 0.31, and excellent environmental and operational stability. The DNTT-based TFT also demonstrated good applications to processes with less deterioration. Finally, a 5-in flexible OLED display was successively fabricated by integrating the AM backplane with a phosphorescent OLED device. A high luminescence over 300 cd/m2 was achieved by driving the DNTT-based OTFTs.
- Flexible display
- gate insulator (GI)
- organic semiconductor (OSC)
- thin-film transistors (TFTs)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering